Go ahead - you’re allowed to switch out the hot and sticky coffee mug for a cool and whipped bowl of coffee and frozen bananas. Yes, that's right, we're making a coffee banana smoothie bowl loaded with sweet and savory.
Unsurprisingly consistent, summer is here and the oven will not be shown a lot of love in an apartment that begs for outside cool air. I am essentially giving the oven an arms-length treatment it so deserves right now.
This coffee banana smoothie bowl is incredibly easy and all you need is a regular blender. I use either a Nutribullet or Oster blender. Either one works great - the number of servings they hold is different, however.
A Nutribullet works well for one or two servings, and the Oster blender can whip up a lot more than that.
What Is A Smoothie Bowl?
A smoothie bowl is made up of the same stuff a regular smoothie is. However, smoothie bowls tend to be much thicker and creamier - almost ice-cream-like. Smoothie bowls are treated more like a meal than as a drink.
A smoothie bowl is consumed by a spoon, rather than chugged with a straw.
Frozen fruit like bananas, strawberries, strawberries, and peaches are used to build a creamy texture in the smoothie bowl.
Once everything is blended up, the velvety blend is poured into a large, deep bowl, hence, the name. Then, it’s topped off with your favorite crunch.
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Smoothie Bowl Topping Ideas:
- Sliced almonds
- Chia Seeds
- Peanut Butter
- Crushed peanuts
- Frozen berries
- A drizzle of honey
- Chopped dates
- Chocolate chips
- Sliced bananas
- Pure maple syrup
- Shaved coconut flakes
- Dark chocolate chunks
- Pumpkin Seeds
If you're willing to go the extra mile, I highly recommend a drizzle of homemade, dairy-free coconut dulce de leche to top off this bowl.
Here Are Some Of My Favorite Smoothie Bowl Toppings
How To Thicken A Smoothie Bowl?
The number #1 trick to getting a thicker smoothie is to start with frozen ingredients. Similar to banana ice-cream, the frozen ingredients help create a thick and creamy texture that resembles closer to ice-cream than juice.
Learn more on how to store and peel frozen bananas.
If you’re using liquids, for example, dairy-free milk, yogurt, or water - I recommend having them chilled to keep the smoothie bowl blend thick.
In this recipe, be sure to use already made coffee that has been chilled - you can even toss it in the freezer to get it a bit icy.
Other ways to help thicken a smoothie bowl is to make these considerations:
- Switch out milk for yogurt.
- Switch out ice for frozen fruit.
- Use a blender with sharp blades.
One of my favorite types of non-dairy milk to use in smoothie bowls is soy milk. They tend to be much thicker and provide about 9 grams of protein per serving (1 cup).
If the smoothie bowl is melting too quickly, throw it in the freezer for 10-15 minutes.
How To Chill Coffee
I suggest making the coffee the night before and slide it into the refrigerator to cool overnight. However, if you don’t want to do that - make the coffee in the morning, but give it at least an hour to cool off.
Additionally, you can find pre-made coffee if you want to go in that direction.
Using hot coffee in a smoothie bowl is a sure way to make it watery and thinned-out. We’re not about that kind of smoothie life.
Ways To Sweeten A Smoothie Bowl
My favorite way to add a touch of sweetness to my plant-based smoothie bowls is to add a drizzle of honey. Although smoothie bowls can be naturally sweetened from ripe bananas - it might not be adequate for some palates.
If you want to stick with plant-based sweetener options, consider dates or date syrup. Both are great options to naturally drop a boost of sweetness to your smoothie bowls.
Keep in mind, if you’re using dates, it might be difficult to break them down as smoothly in a blender. Liquid sweeteners like date syrup blend well in a smoothie bowl or drink.
Other sweeteners include sugar, stevia, and maple syrup.
For more breakfast recipes, check out 18 Frugal Plant-Based Breakfast Recipes. We have sweet, savory, and everything in between!
Coffee Banana Smoothie Bowl
- Pour in the coffee, milk, frozen bananas, and honey/sweetner into the blender.
- Pause blend if needed to push the ingredients down and scrap the sides.
- Blend coffee banana smoothie ingredients until creamy and thick.
- Pour coffee banana mixture into a bowl and top with your favorites. I added sunflower seeds, chia seeds, granola, and chocolate chips.
- If the smoothie melts quickly, you can stick in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes.
- Use whatever topping you like, or just have it as a regular smoothie and drink it with a straw.
- I used already made black coffee for this recipe. I cooled it overnight.
Did you try out this Coffee Banana Smoothie Bowl recipe?